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The Young @ The North Door - 7/25/2014
The Young, Sun God @ The North Door - 7/25/2014

Austin's own The Young have a new LP, Chrome Catus, on the way (due 8/26 via Matador), and ahead of its release they graced their hometown with a show late last month at The North Door (7/25) with Sun God. More pictures, like the one above, at BrooklynVegan.

The Young will ring in the release of the new LP with a free 5 PM in-store at Waterloo Records (8/25) the day before it officially comes out. Then, their tour includes another Austin date on September 4 at Hotel Vegas, and the tour wraps up back in Texas with a free Dallas show on September 20 at Foundry Beer Garden with the Marked Men-related Radioactivity, which is a great double bill.

Full tour information and more at BrooklynVegan. Watch the video for recent single "Cry Of Tin," below...

Continue reading "The Young played North Door (pics), playing free Waterloo in-store, Hotel Vegas & free Dallas show w/ Radioactivity"

photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

War on Drugs / Mikal Cronin / Higgis WBMB / Panda Bear @ Austin Psych Fest 5/4/2014
Austin Psych fest Day 3 - 5/4/2014
Austin Psych fest Day 3 - 5/4/2014
Austin Psych fest Day 3 - 5/4/2014
Austin Psych fest Day 3 - 5/4/2014

At dusk, Mikal Cronin began his performance on the Reverberation stage. A few fans ran from either the swing tree, hammocks, or other shows to catch the hardworking Los Angelian. Smoke clouds appeared on stage and on the screen backdrop. Once the band got started, the members went all out and thrashed their long hair around. Cronin requested that the sound system "blast the drums and guitar." Blue lights cast upon the stage and audience as he performed "Apathy" off of 2011's self-titled album. Throughout the set there was crowd surfing, dancing, clapping plenty of hollering. At one point, Cronin brought one of his friends on stage and serenaded her "Happy Birthday." She threw cupcakes into the audience and shoved one in the guitarist's face. The fans loved it. - [mxdwn.com]
Austin Psych Fest 2014 came to a close on Sunday (5/4) with sets from The War on Drugs, Mikal Cronin, wild Japanese/UK quartet Bo Ningen, reunited Brits Loop, Animal Collective's electronic wizard Panda Bear, TV on the Radio offshoot Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band, and more. Pictures from the final day of APF are in this post.

Pictures from Austin Psych Fest day 1 are here and day 2 are here. More from day 3 below...

Continue reading "Austin Psych Fest Day 3 in pics: The War on Drugs, Panda Bear, Mikal Cronin, Bo Ningen, Loop, TOY, Tobacco & more"


Jack White's Third Man Records returns to SXSW for three showcases with a pop-up record store and their iconic Rolling Record Store. The showcases will be held at the Museum of Human Achievement from Thursday, March 13th through Saturday, March 15 starting at 2 pm each day and will feature a number of artists including Ex-Cult, Obnox, Protomartyr, Natural Child, The Blind Shake and more. Check out the flyer above for each day's lineup. RSVP is open now.

Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)

Additional artists have been announced for the 2014 edition of Austin Psych Fest, which goes down from May 2-4 at the Carson Creek Ranch. Those additions include The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Panda Bear, The War On Drugs, Graveyard, Mikal Cronin, Bombino, Peaking Lights, Pink Mountaintops, The Fresh and Onlys, Sleepy Sun, The Octopus Project, Bardo Pond, Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band, Morgan Delt, Cosmonauts, Pure X, Guardian Alien, Mark McGuire, Greg Ashley and more.

They'll be joining previously announced bands like Loop, Black Angels, The Zombies, of Montreal, The Horrors, Black Lips, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Liars and more, but unfortunately not Primal Scream, who had to cancel their US tour. APF Tickets are still available.

There will also be kickoff parties the Thursday (2/1) before at Mohawk and Red 7 with sets from The Warlocks, Night Beats, Indian Jewelry, Elephant Stone, Golden Animals, Holy Wave and more TBA.

Updated lineup and flyer below...

Continue reading "Austin Psych Fest 2014 lineup expanded (Brian Jonestown Massacre, Panda Bear, War On Drugs, Mikal Cronin & more)"

Title Fight in Brooklyn in 2012 (more by Rebecca Reed)
Title Fight

Fun Fun Fun Fest is just around the corner, set to return to Austin from November 8-10. The bands for FFF Nites were already announced, and now the full schedule for the night shows is out too.

We at BrooklynVegan are proud to be presenting two of the Nites shows. Our first one happens on the Thursday (11/7) at Holy Mountain Inside, headlined by rowdy punks Title Fight, who go on at 1 AM. Right before them at midnight is post-hardcore noisemakers Code Orange Kids. And opening the night will be two local Austin bands: spacey prog-riffers Boyfrndz (11 PM) and the metallic Pushmen (10:15 PM).

Then, on the Saturday (11/9), our metal blog Invisible Oranges is doing one at Hotel Vegas, which doubles as the Austin stop on the Black Tusk / Inter Arma tour. The sludgy Black Tusk headline at 12:45 AM, preceded by the psychedelic black metal of Inter Arma (11:45 PM), Chicago experimental metal band Yakuza (11 PM), and local Austinites Eagle Claw (10:15 PM).

Other Nites shows include Kurt Vile at Mohawk, OBN IIIs/Blind Shake at Red 7, Subhumans/White Lung at Mohawk, Mac DeMarco/Quasi at North Door, Chelsea Light Moving/Lemuria/Merchandise/The Young at Red 7, Pelican/True Widow/Coliseum at Red 7, Del the Funky Homosapien/Flatbush Zombies at The Belmont, The Men at North Door, Cro-Mags/Ceremony at Holy Mountain, Retox/Narrows/Regents/Coliseum at Holy Mountain, Defeater at Holy Mountain, Bonobo (DJ) at The Parish, and more. Check out the full schedule here.

FFF Fest tickets are still available.

Destruction Unit at Chaos In Tejas 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder) Destruction Unit

Psychedelic noise-punk band Destruction Unit already have two releases out this year (Void and the Two Strong Hits 7-inch) and another on the way. Their anticipated LP, Deep Trip, is expected to drop on August 20 via Sacred Bones. We're patiently waiting.

Destruction Unit recently came to Austin to play SXSW and Chaos In Tejas, and they're already coming back for more on a tour with with fellow fuzzed-out punk rockers, Milk Music (who were here for SXSW too). The two bands will play Houston on June 27 at Mangos, McAllen on June 28 at Thirsty Monkey, and Austin on June 29 at Beerland. The Young and La URSS also play the Austin show. Tickets for all three shows will be available at the door.

Tour dates and more at BrooklynVegan. Check out live performances in Austin from both bands below...

Continue reading "Destruction Unit & Milk Music touring Texas, playing Beerland with The Young"

photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

Our Heart Aches For Syria Benefit @ Long Center - 3/15/2013
Our Heart Aches For Syria Benefit @ Long Center - 3/15/2013

One of the many SXSW events BrooklynVegan had some part in this year, and the most random one, was the "Our Heart Aches For Syria" benefit at the Long Center on the Friday night of SXSW Music. Taking place near and after the Flaming Lips show at Auditorium Shores, locals The Young opened the Omar Souleyman-headlined night to an awkwardly small amount of people in an awkwardly large venue. More people eventually showed, though let's face it, this show should have been at a packed, rowdy 500 capacity space near 6th Street instead of inside a 2500 person theater off the beaten path (those who first conceived this event anticipated a bigger lineup with a bigger sponsor). That said, it was still a great lineup and a fun night, and it was Deradoorian's exclusive SXSW show, and possibly Deer Tick's only SXSW show, and a nice amount of money was raised for those in need. Here are some pictures. More below....

Continue reading "Our Heart Ached For Syria @ The Long Center (pics) --- Black Lips, Deer Tick, Omar Souleyman, Deradoorian, White Lung, Orwells & more"


BrooklynVegan is presenting three nighttime shows at SXSW this year, one of which is a special night with Omar Souleman and friends. To quote SXSW:

SXSW is proud to announce an interview with Syrian artist and cult international legend Omar Souleyman on March 15th from 5-6pm in ACC room 16AB. Omar will speak with Daily Dot Editor Austin Powell about the issues surrounding the devastating conflict in his home country, the evolution of the Syrian music landscape, and what the future may hold for himself and artists like him.

Later that evening Omar will be joined by the amazing Black Lips, Deer Tick and more in a special performance at a Red Cross benefit aptly named Our Heart Aches For Syria. The show takes place at Long Center For The Performing Arts beginning at 9pm on Friday 3/15 after the Flaming Lips Auditorium Shores show. Donations are $10 with all money going to the International Red Cross's Syrian Arab Red Crescent. Please join us for a spectacular evening for a great cause. THIS SHOW IS OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC

BrooklynVegan is also throwing a bunch of day parties.

More details on the Omar events with full lineup (as seen on the flyer above), below...

Continue reading "BV Presents: Omar Souleyman live after his SXSW interview (a benefit w/ Black Lips, Deer Tick & more)"

Neil Young & Crazy Horse @ ACL 2012 (more by Glen Brown)
Neil Young

Kyle compiled a list of food while his bandmate Hans compiled a list of his favorite shows of 2012, most of them in Austin. See the whole list, which has some crossover with his booking agent Timmy Hefner's list, below...

Continue reading "Hans Zimmerman of The Young's favorite shows of 2012"

Vegan Fried Chicken Dinner

Yes, "hot dogs" and "Braised Beef Poutine" made the list too, but we were happy to see "Vegan Fried Chicken Dinner" top Kyle's list at Matablog, not to mention a shoutout to our favorite vegan-friendly pizza place in Brooklyn (Vinnie's). See the list in full below...

Continue reading "Kyle Edwards of The Young lists favorite 'tour eats'"

Merchandise in Chicago @ Mousetrap - 4/25/2012 (more by Jimmy Farabi)
Merchandise in Chicago @ Mousetrap - 4/25/2012

Tampa's Merchandise (recent BV favorites) are out on tour, and will be at CMJ later this October from the 17-20. This week they get to Denton, TX on October 2 (tonight), before hitting Red7 on Wednesday the 3rd.

They'll be headlining the inside stage with locals The Young and Thousand Foot Whale Claw. Tickets are available as of this posting.

Check out some videos, as well as Merchandise's remaining dates through CMJ, below.

Continue reading "Merchandise in Denton tonight, play RED 7 on 10/3, CMJ later"

photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

Divine Fits @ Beerland - 8/1/2012
Divine Fits @ Beerland - 8/1/2012

Divine Fits played their second show (the first official one) in Austin on 8/1 at a sold-out Beerland with locals The Young opening the night. While this was indeed Divine Fits' second public performance, the band consider the 7/31 show their '0.5' debut,

Following the format of the secret show one night earlier at the Continental Club (billed as 'The Hot Skull'), they kept to a 12 song set. The only noticeable differences being the order of the songs, and the omission of 'The Salton Sea' from the list.

As with the Continental show, DF sounded great and all appeared to run smoothly, with the only super-minor hiccup being the need to have a quick guitar trade between Dan and Britt as they started Nick Cave's "Shivers" (video below). Despite much of the set being brand-new to the audience (as Divine Fits' debut LP, A Thing Called Divine Fits, isn't released until August 28), all went over really well.

Next stop is Dan Boeckner's hometown of Montreal on Friday 8/3 (the same day that tickets go on sale for the NYC show). All current dates are listed, along with more pictures, videos, and the setlist, below...

Continue reading "Divine Fits filled Beerland and The Young played too (pics, setlist, videos, dates)"

Divine Fits

As you may already know if you have a ticket or if you don't have a ticket because it sold out so quickly when it went on sale, Divine Fits are playing Beerland. If you missed out, there's also still hope.

Divine Fits has confirmed that it will make its live debut kicking off a trio of shows in the hometowns of members Britt Daniel (Austin, TX on August 1), Dan Boeckner (Montreal, QC on August 3) and Sam Brown (Columbus, OH on August 6).

The live shows follow immediately on the heels of the July 31 release of Divine Fits' first single "My Love Is Real," the 7-inch of which features a non-LP B-side cover of Camper Van Beethoven's "I Was Born In A Laundromat."

Special golden tickets will be inserted into ten random copies of the "My Love Is Real" single available at select indie retailers in each of these three markets, including Waterloo and End of an Ear in Austin, Used Kids and Magnolia Thunderpussy in Columbus, and participating stores in Montreal which are still TBD. Each golden ticket will admit the winner and a guest to the Divine Fits show in the respective city.

For more information on the golden ticket competition, general ticket information and personal notes from each band member to his respective hometown, go to DivineFits.com.

"My Love Is Real" is also available digitally as a stand-alone track or as an instant download with pre-orders of Divine Fits' debut album A Thing Called Divine Fits placed in the Divine Fits store, the Merge store or at iTunes.

A Thing Called Divine Fits will be released August 28 in the U.S. on Merge Records and on Universal in Canada. The record will be out one day earlier in the UK and Europe via Anti-/Epitaph.

Divine Fits hometown shows:
Aug 1 Austin, TX Beerland
Aug 3 Montreal, QC Il Motore
Aug 6 Columbus, OH Ace of Cups

The Austin message Britt posted on Tuesday was this:
Tuesday, July 17th, 2012
Beerland // Austin, TX // 08.01

Is it weird to be in a band where you've made a record but you've never played in front of an audience? We've certainly played together a lot -- starting at the end of last year with a couple weeks of let's see what happens and drink vodka and eat Russian ice cream at a place called LA Rehearsal in Little Armenia. Then in January when Dan came to stay with me and Sam visited and we all wrote songs & rehearsed them every day for a couple months. And then when we recorded (usually live) in the studio with Nick Launay. And really, the answer is yes. It is weird. Doing shows is the most immediate part of the whole deal and for me it's a huge chunk of the equation of why being in a band is so great. I do feel kinda mental not having been able to do that yet. So is it good timing that pretty soon we'll finally be doing some shows? Yes. And I personally am real happy that this band's first show will be in the the town where I've played more gigs than any other, the place I've spent most the years of my life, the city that always welcomes me back with enthusiasm and affection (with the exception of that one time at the Beauty Bar) -- Austin, Texas. Divine Fits will be playing at Beerland on Tuesday August 1 with The Young opening. I think they're putting tickets up next week? I hope so. I'm ready to feel normal again. Love, Britt

Tickets actually went up the same day.

A list of all dates and streams of two album tracks -- "My Love Is Real" and "Would That Not Be Nice" -- are below...

Continue reading "Divine Fit's 1st-ever show will be at Beerland (ten golden tickets hidden in Austin record stores)"

words by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

Scenes from Fun Fun Fun Lucky Lady Bingo via Adi Anand's Instagrams 7/11/2012
FunFunFun Fest 2012 Bingo!

While we've had some teasers in the last few weeks - Wednesday night was the night for BINGO - and the full Fun Fun Fun Fest reveal.

On 7/11 (Happy Slurpee Day!) Fun Fun Fun held their bingo-to-reveal-the-artists event, and while we already knew about Run DMC reuniting and some others, there were quite a few surprises in the massive list of musical acts and comedians announced (Public Image Ltd., Youth of Today, De La Soul, X, Bob Mould, Saul Williams, and Hannibal Burress to name a few).

The headliners (in addition to the aforementioned Run DMC reunion) are an electic-but-looked-forward-to group: Santigold, Refused, and for Comedy David Cross.

Three-day and PIP passes go on sale on Thursday at 10AM CST and will no doubt move fast. Get them here once the clock passes 9:59...

See the full line-up below.

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest full 2012 line-up; 3-day passes on-sale"

by Andrew Sacher

Joyce Manor

LA rockers Joyce Manor are about to kick off a short southwest tour which comes to TX for four shows surrounding Chaos in Tejas. Those shows include Rubber Gloves in Denton (5/30) and the previously discussed Chaos in Tejas show at Beauty Ballroom on June 1 with No Age, Ceremony, The Young and Gun Outfit (tickets). Screaming Females were supposed to play that show too but unfortunately had to cancel. They'll follow that with another Chaos in Tejas show at Scoot Inn on June 2 with Touche Amore, Japanther, Creem, Post Teens, and Hounds of Hate. Tickets for that show are on sale now. That show is the first on a three-date run with Touche Amore, which also includes a Lubbock, TX show at Jake's on June 5.

The band released their second LP and first for Asian Man Records, Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired, last month. When I first wrote about that album, I mentioned it's combined approach to both emo and indie rock. I'd also like to mention that it begs for repeated listens and despite consisting of 9 songs in only 13 minutes, each track has got a hell of a lot of individuality. In addition to their trademark pop punk blasts, we're given two raw acoustic tracks, the slow-ish jam, "See How Tame I Can Be," the punky jangle pop of "Bride of Usher," and a fun, but slightly out of place cover of "Video Killed the Radio Star." If you still haven't heard the album, stream the whole thing over at Punknews.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Joyce Manor touring southwest, playing 4 TX shows (dates)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield & Tim Griffin

The Drums / Wedding Present (by Tim)
BV Free Day Show - Thursday @ Hotel Vegas on 3/15/2012
BV Free Day Show - Thursday @ Hotel Vegas on 3/15/2012

BrooklynVegan's Hotel Vegan, located at Austin venues Hotel Vegas & Volstead Lounge, began at noon back on Thursday, 3/15/2012, on three stages in partnership with M For Montreal. One of those stages was the BV Austin stage which you already saw a full set of pictures from. Here are some more from all the stages.

Like on Friday and all four days, we served complimentary HobNob Wines. We also proudly passed out Sailor Jerry drinks.

Special thanks to Supercuts who were giving out free haircuts all day and to our official backline providers Vox, Blackstar and Korg, and thank you to ASCAP, and to NadaMoo for supplying free vegan treats, and to Honest Tea for the tea.

Bill talked about a lot of this day,. The full set of pictures, slightly beleated, from the entire SXSW Thursday at Hotel Vegan, below...

Continue reading "#HotelVegan Day 2 pics (The Drums, This Will Destroy You, Wedding Present, Glen Hansard, Of Monsters & Men & more)"

photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

Frankie Rose @ Red 7 on 4/14
Frankie Rose @ Red 7 - 4/14/2012

Frankie Rose rolled into town with Dive (who just changed their name to Diiv) to play Red 7 along with Cheap Curls (whose member Katie aka Bambi, like Frankie, is an ex-Dum Dum Girls member) & The Young (who just announced a lot of dates). Here are some pictures from the 4/14 show. More below...

Continue reading "Frankie Rose & DIIV (back when they were DIVE) played Red 7 w/ The Young & Cheap Curls (pics)"

DOWNLOAD: The Young - "Don't Hustle For Love" and "Why Feel Spooky?" (ZIPPED MP3 file)
DOWNLOAD: The Young - Livin Free (MP3)

The Young @ Bar 96 - BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Young

Austin's own reverb-drenched, garage punk four-piece The Young will be touring their home state throughout the next few months in support of their latest album, Dub Egg, out on May 5 via Matador Records. You can download tracks "Don't Hustle For Love" and "Why Feel Spooky?" and "Livin Free" above, and check out the cover art below. Pre-order the album here.

Their current schedule includes a trio of Austin dates. As previously mentioned, the band's set to play Red 7 opening for Frankie Rose and DIVE tonight (4/14). They also play Beauty Ballroom with No Age, Screaming Females, Ceremony, Gun Outfit, and Joyce Manor on June 1 (part of Chaos in Tejas), and have a release show at 29th Street Ballroom with Sungod and Spray Paint on June 16. Check below for a complete list of dates...

Continue reading "The Young have 6 TX shows scheduled, releasing 'Dub Egg' via Matador in May (MP3s & dates)"

photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

Andrew W.K. & fans @ Bar 96 on 3/14
Andrew WK @ Bar 96 on 3/14/2012

Tim's photos from the BrooklynVegan official SXSW showcase at Bar 96 back on Wednesday, 3/14 have arrived and are in this post (the previous set we posted by Amanda is HERE). More pictures, sans opener Caged Animals who Tim missed, below....

Continue reading "BrooklynVegan official SXSW showcase @ Bar 96 in (more) pics (Andrew W.K., Titus Andronicus, 2:54, The Young & more)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield & Tim Griffin

Ringo Deathstarr @ Hotel Vegan (by Amanda Hatfield)
BrooklynVegan @ SXSW 2012 - Hotel Vegas and the Volstead Lounge

"One of my favorite Austin bands, Ringo Deathstarr, do the shoegaze thing better just about any current band. Good and loud!" - Bill Pearis
The BV Austin stage was located inside Volstead Lounge at Hotel Vegan on Thursday, 3/15, during SXSW, and though the schedule looked like this: 12:15 Love Inks, 1:00 Feathers, 1:45 Gashcat, 2:30 Ringo Deathstarr, 3:15 Silent Diane, 4:00 The Young, and 5:00 Ume, we actually moved Ume on to the Hotel Vegas inside stage to accomodate more people and a certain TV camera crew for their set. It was still intimate though, or to quote, Anthony Bourdain, it was "A shitload of rawk in a tiny little room!"

Galexy Gehring of Ringo Deathstarr, who PACKED the room at 2:30, was a trooper and played two sets during the day. The first was with Feathers at 1:00. Bill Pearis wrote:

Feathers have barely been together six months but they have clearly spent that time practicing. They have it together and this was one of my favorite sets of the week. Most of their material is of the gothy electro variety, they opened with a Norman Greenbaum-style glammy stomper that I really dug. A lot of instrument switching showcased most of the members of the band.
Special thanks to Love Inks for starting the day off so early. A noon slot is never easy, but they handled it with grace. Catch them during the evening hours on April 17 at Mohawk after Chairlift.

Gaschat played a great set of Neutral Milk Hotel-like jams, much like they did later that day at the Sub Pop official SXSW showcase. NPR likes them too, but not their name.

With three stages running at the same time at 'Hotel Vegan', I would miss a band or two, and sadly Silent Diane was one of them, but Tim, Amanda and a SPIN photographer made sure to catch them though. I also missed Silent Diane's set later that night at Neon Indian's label showcase, but hope to see them on their upcoming massive tour.

At 4:00, The Young rocked a BrooklynVegan party for the 2nd day in a row. Their first BV set was the night before at Bar 96. Catch them when they open for Frankie Rose & DIVE (both artists who also played Hotel Vegan) at Red 7 on April 14.

Special thanks to a Sailor Jerry, HobNob Wines, and Honest Tea for providing refreshments. Thanks also to our backline partners Korg, Vox, and Blackstar Amplification for helping make the sound happen.

Check out more pictures from the whole BV Austin portion of the day, below...

Continue reading "pics: BV Austin stage @ Hotel Vegan (Ume, Ringo Deathstarr, Love Inks, Silent Diane, Feathers The Young, Gashcat & more)"

by Bill Pearis

Half Moon Run
Half Moon Run

After getting in late Wednesday, Thursday was my first full day in Austin, and maybe the best, music-wise. Daylight hours were spent at the second of our day parties at Hotel Vegas which we dubbed Hotel Vegan. I was running a little late so I missed Iceland's Of Monsters and Men, but we were running late on one of the inside stages, so I got there in time to see Montreal's Half Moon Run (today was the day we teamed up with M For Montreal). Three-part harmonies, intermingling guitar parts, bonus percussion -- it's a little Radiohead by way of '60s folk rock. Their debut album, Dark Eyes, is out next week.


The Volstead Stage at Hotel Vegan was dubbed the BV Austin stage on Thursday with all local bands. Feathers have barely been together six months but they have clearly spent that time practicing. They have it together and this was one of my favorite sets of the week. Most of their material is of the gothy electro variety, they opened with a Norman Greenbaum-style glammy stomper that I really dug. A lot of instrument switching showcased most of the members of the band.

We Are Serenades
We Are Serenades

Adam Olenius fronts Shout Out Louds and Markus KrunegÄrd of Laakso comprise Swedish superduo We Are Serenades who are a full band live. While both come from indie backgrounds this is full-on commercial pop and ridiculously catchy. Was happy they played their single "Come Home" even if it is a Christmas song.

Thus Owls

When not backing Patrick Watson, his band perform under the name Thus:Owls with Swedish singer Erika Angell fronting. They played the inside stage -- the only air-conditioned place in Hotel Vegan on a very humid day -- and held the audience rapt with their understated but drama-filled arrangements.

Cymbals Eat Guitars
Cymabls Eat Guitars

Cymbals Eat Guitars, in NYC at least, play much much bigger rooms than the tiny inside stage of Hotel Vegas so it was a treat to see them in tight quarters.

The Velvet Teen
Velvet Teen

Holy early aughts! Anthemic Californians The Velvet Teen, who I didn't know were still together, packed the inside stage with dedicated fans.

Ringo Deathstarr on the BV Austin stage
Ringo Deathstarr

One of my favorite Austin bands, Ringo Deathstarr, do the shoegaze thing better just about any current band. Good and loud!


Lot of Swedes today. Radio Department offshoot Korallreven played the main stage and proved a perfect soundtrack to a mid-afternoon chillout session sitting on the grass, drinking a beer.

The Young
The Young

The Young played our official showcase the night before as well and we like them so much we couldn't not have them on the BV Austin stage too. Straight-up rock and roll done right.

The Drums
The Drums

Once known for using a lot of prerecorded backing and making up for it with a lot of entertaining jumping around, The Drums have become a real band since releasing their second album. I miss the crazy tambourine playing of old, but the Drums sounded great.


Famous vegan-hater Anthony Bourdain put aside his prejudices check out Ume with his No Reservations film crew in tow. "A shitload if rawk in a tiny little room!" he Tweeted. Indeed, Tony, indeed. We originally had Ume playing last on the Volstead BV Austin stage but moved them inside the bigger Hotel Vegas room to better accommodate the film crew. We were also running late in there, so they were shoved before The Jealous Sound who ended up going on over an hour after schedule.

The Wedding Present
The Wedding Present

We didn't get Seamonsters in full like they'd do at the Cake Shop showcase on Friday night, but The Wedding Present definitely pulled out some old favorites for their Hotel Vegan main stage performance, including 1986 single "You Should Always Keep in Touch with Your Friends" which opened their rocking set. Frontman David Gedge, who is 52 but looks at least 15 years younger, throws his all into his guitar. The Wedding Present played a lot of shows during SXSW, don't know how he does it.


After a full day at Hotel Vegan, it was taco time, with a brief stop at Cheer Up Charlies to catch some of Caveman's set. Then the first show of the night: Scottish pop band Spectrals at Swan Dive who, I must admit, were rather lackluster live. I loved Louis Jones' early singles and 2010 EP but there was no energy on stage, save for the bassist who danced around the whole time like he was in a different group. Disappointing.


Over at the Beauty Bar it was SISU aka Dum Dum Girls drummer Sandy Vu's band. They were minus their drummer, who missed his flight or something, but Dum Dum Girls guitarist Jules sat on the drumstool and sang harmonies. Still sounded great in amputated form: glide guitar, ethereal vocals, volume.

DZ Deathrays
DZ Deathrays

Speaking of volume, Australian duo DZ Deathrays were next and the nitro-blues sonic assault blew right through my earplugs. I mean LOUD. How do two people make that much noise?

Allah Las
Allah Las

One of the best things I saw at SXSW. 12-string guitars, Vox bass, bolo ties, nehru collars... Los Angeles' Allah Las are a pristine recreation of '60s West Coast pop with great songs like upcoming single "Tell Me What's on Your Mind." Not pastiche, the real deal.


Wrapping up my Thursday was London band Fiction who were a bit like Wild Beasts if less over-the-top. A lot of Big Rhythms. Not bad, will have to keep an eye on these guys.

live photos in this post by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

BV AustinBV Austin

As promised, and now announced on BrooklynVegan, we put together an all-Austin-band BV Austin stage at Hotel Vegan on Thursday (3/15). We couldn't be more excited how the lineup turned out. It looks like this:

12:15 Love Inks
1:00 Feathers
1:45 Gashcat
2:30 Ringo Deathstarr
3:15 Silent Diane
4:00 The Young
5:00 Ume
And the bands look like this:

Love Inks @ Beauty Bar for Learning Secrets Anniversary
Love Inks

Feathers @ Beauty Bar for Learning Secrets Anniversary

Gashcat (Tim Griffin didn't take this one!)

Ringo Deathstarr @ Beauty Bar for Free Week 2012

Silent Diane @ Mohawk for Free Week 2012
Silent Diane

The Young @ Chaos in Tejas 2011
The Young

Ume @ Oh Snap! Blackout Party @ the Parish


Hotel Vegan is located at Hotel Vegas & Volstead Lounge at 1500 E. 6th St in Austin, TX. That's the flyer for the whole day Thursday above. The full lineup with set times for all three stages on Thursday is at BrooklynVegan.

The lineup of two of the Wednesday stages is HERE. The rest is coming VERY soon!

oh and...

In addition to the completely free lineup of 24 bands playing on THREE stages on Thursday, we will also have complimentary drinks courtesy of HobNob Wines, the official wine parter of our entire week of FREE PARTIES at Hotel Vegan (check out HobNob's Facebook page for free music downloads), and a hosted bar courtesy of Sailor Jerry

We will also have FREE VEGAN TREATS courtesy of NadaMoo! and FREE Honest Tea. AND Supercuts will have a team of stylists on-site the entire day providing FREE haircuts and styling!

oh, and he Young play the BrooklynVegan official showcase on Wednesday at Bar 96 too (the only band to play 2 BV shows this year).

P.S. Follow @bvSXSW and @bvAustin on Twitter for more fun!

Listen to a track by The Young below...

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Andrew W.K. in Norway recently (more by BBG)

Announced previously with a "TBA" in the midnight slot, I'm happy to announce the full lineup of the 2012 BrooklynVegan official SXSW showcase! And it looks like this...

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at Bar 96
8pm: Caged Animals
9pm: 2:54
10pm: The Young
11pm: Screaming Females
12am: Andrew W.K. (full band)
1am: Titus Andronicus
If you have a badge (limited tickets may be sold at the door too), come early to see Brooklyn's own Caged Animals and to guarantee your spot in the 300-capacity venue (be prepared to party hard).

BrooklynVegan also has a Tuesday night official at the Belmont (with Daniel Johnston and Built to Spill - more details TBA), and a heavier one on Friday at Scoot Inn which is where Andrew W.K. is also playing on SXSW Thursday.

All Andrew W.K, tour dates are listed below....

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Titus Andronicus in Brooklyn recently (more by Andrew St. Clair)

As just mentioned on BrooklynVegan and published on SXSW's website, the main BrooklynVegan official SXSW showcase this year will take place Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at Bar 96 (across the street from Lustre Pearl and where Dinosaur Jr plays two nights later).

The reason I haven't really formally announced it before now, is because we had a major cancellation and so the midnight slot is still TBA! BUT, meanwhile, it looks like this:

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at Bar 96
8pm: Caged Animals
9pm: 2:54
10pm: The Young
11pm: Screaming Females
12am: TBA
1am: Titus Andronicus
Screaming Females and Titus are also touring their way from NJ to SXSW together. Stay tuned for more details!

BrooklynVegan also has a Tuesday night official showcase TBA, and one on Friday at Scoot Inn.

Deerhoof at ATP NJ (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

MWTX returns in 2012 with three days (3/15 - 3/17) worth of parties at 1100 Warehouse @ 1100 e5th St (map it). Among the confirmed are names like Built to Spill, A$AP Rocky, Cults, Yelle DJs, Tycho, Purity Ring, Deerhoof, Chairlift, Ceremony (who is also playing the BV/POTR show), Cloud Nothings, and many many others. Flyer for the show and full lineup is below. Stay tuned for more announcements, including who that mystery "?????" is.

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